Genre: Children’s Fiction (Older and up), Fantasy
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years, book 2
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: “A saying of Pritchard’s occurred to him. ‘You know what we say: An ordinary archer practices until he gets it right. A Ranger-‘ ‘Practices till he never gets it wrong,’ more than a dozen voices finished for him and he grinned, a little shamefaced.”
The battle to restore the kingdom of Araluen to a peaceful existence is imminent. It’s been one year since the former baron Morgarath’s plans to usurp the throne where exposed and he fled into the Mountains of Rain and Night. The effects of those events have since left Araluen in a state of uncertain peace. Newly crown King Duncan and his few loyal supporters, Halt, and Crowley must do all they can beyond their limited resources to capture Morgarath and bring him to justice before he can cause further harm.
I wasn’t really sure what to rate this book. I am a big long-time fan of John Flanagan’s work and I definitely enjoyed reading The Battle of Hackham Heath. I felt many feels. The anticipation of what could possible happen in the short run combined with what I know will happen in the long run made the story very compelling for me. There was nothing I didn’t dislike about the book but I didn’t love it. I liked it a lot and the range of emotions it made me feel. Flanagan also crafted really cool and very detailed battle scenes. I guess I just didn’t read that one thing(s) that really made it amazing. I am in no way disappointed with what happened and how everything turned out. I feel excited and hope there will be a third book considering the huge time gap between this book and The Ruins of Gorlan.
Note: A short review today because I couldn’t really go into specifics about the parts I really liked without spoiling anything, so I just wrote my overall impressions of the book.
My review of the first book: The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan